CARMEL — The Crosser family has received the inaugural Celebration of Philanthropy Living Legacy Award.
It’s a new award from the Legacy Fund, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, to honor people who impact the quality of life in Hamilton County.
Janet Crosser, Carmel — along with her son Craig Crosser and his wife Christi, and Janet’s daughter Carrie Renner and husband Scott Renner, all of Noblesville — accepted the award on behalf of the Crosser Family Foundation. Janet’s husband, the late Richard H. Crosser, started the private family foundation in Noblesville in 2001 to help youths and their families.
Carrie Renner, a Carmel High School graduate, directs the foundation, which granted about $1.15 million to nonprofit organizations, primarily ones that serve youth.
Richard Crosser, who died in 2002, also established the Crosser Family Charitable Trust. It has given $35,123 to county-based organization and assisted area high school students going into the construction/building trades through the Richard H Find Out More. Crosser Scholarship Fund.
Richard Crosser served as Legacy Fund board member for three years. Owner of the former Crossmann Communities, an Indianapolis-based home builder, he established more than 30 scholarship funds benefiting Crossman Communities’ school districts.
The family foundation has given $500,839 to organizations based in Hamilton County.
In 2006, the foundation committed to donate $100,000 each year for the three years, to help buy a campground for the Boys&Girls Club of Noblesville. The 20 acres on Indiana 37 about eight miles north of Noblesville was named Camp Crosser.
Ron Willcut, the Boys&Girls Club’s executive director, said the camp served a record 458 campers this summer. Willcut was among 350 guests who attended the Nov. 12 sold-out banquet at the Ritz Charles in Carmel
Willcut said, “I can’t think of a family who would deserve it more. … They really believe in their community.”
“They’re just awesome people,” said Loretta Moore, executive director of Prevail Inc., a victims assistance group in Hamilton County.
She said the foundation donated funds to staff a support group, Exploring My World, for ages 6 to 11. Children in the group have been or are living at Prevail.
Moore, who attended the banquet, said: “What an opportunity for the community to honor the Crossers and their focus on giving back to the community and their focus on the youth of our community and the future.”